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RATINGS: 613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
Winter comes early in Alaska, so we release Alaskan Winter Ale in October. The tender new growth of spruce trees has been used for brewing in Alaska since the late 1700s when explorers sailed the coast of Alaska looking for the Northwest Passage. Alaskan Brewing revives this tradition, adding spruce tips to its Alaskan Winter Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 11, 2015
bottle from snowmobile trip, picked up in michiga clear orangish pour with white head, aroms is a little finky caramel, taste is sugar, and candy, good overall

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
commonshawn (1064) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Dark orange copper with small white head. Hop aroma. Tastes more like a pale ale than a winter. Crisp and slightly bitter. Finish ends quickly. Don’t love it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scoth (667) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Pours clear orange with a medium beige head, very fine lacing, good retention. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, pine, spice. Light body, creamy, lightly dry. Lightly sweet, medium bitter finish with spruce needles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eruizgarcia (312) - - DEC 27, 2014
Very easy to drink, light malty taste, light sweetness throughout, nothing too complex, just a perfect winter beer you can drink instead of sipping. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rproff78 (177) - - DEC 24, 2014
Very good winter beer from Alaskan. I like everything from this brewery!!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Pours a dark copper color with a quick settling head. It leaves an oily comparison on top. An interesting aroma of bready malts and pine freshness. A sharp carbonation upfront that lingers all the way through. An almost candy fruited flavor that’s somewhat medicinal comes in. Very biscuity. Flavors aren’t exactly quenching or smooth. Definitely on the lower end from this brewery for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onslow (1410) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Amber brew with virtually no head. Aroma of earth, nuts, caramel and spruce. Taste is earth and must up front, a little caramel and sweet in the middle with a complex finish - a nice wave of bitter hops, earth, then clean pine and a final bittersweet lingering earthy taste. Somewhat different and complex. Palate verges on watery with a latent carbonation that is insufficient to sustain a head but springs to life during the swallow. Most interesting beer I’ve had in a while.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Namespayne (64) - - DEC 5, 2014
The spruce is very unexpected. Sweet aroma with dry, woodsy flavor, almost nutty. Off the beaten path of winter ales. Good brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Bottle, gold pour, white head, nose is caramel, taste is caramel, crisp, some nuts and spices

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1436) - Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle from Champanes, this ale had a clear copper/bronze-red pour and gave a small white and faint off-white cover that receded to a ring and a few small spots of bubbles, the nose had aromas of toasted malt and caramel, faint fruit that somewhat resembled bruised apple, some pine scents with faint wood and earth in the background, and it had a faint brown sugar sweetness, the flavors was the same as the aroma except the spruce tips were more evident and gave a little freshness to the flavor of the toasted malt, the caramel and brown sugar like sweetness were a bit more noticeable, the finish had a little malt sweetness that was kept in check by the spruce tips, the mouth feel was light and creamy and had average carbonation, a nice blend of an amber beer with spruce tips to add a little pine freshness to the nose and flavor, the spruce tips were tame in this drink, this beer was not big Winter beer drink, but it was a nice drink that could be drank all day long, the spruce tips add a nice pine freshness and a touch of earth and wood to the background.

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